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Marietta Sand Prairie Preserve

by tsk last modified 2013-03-07 09:00 PM

1744 Knapp Ave 1 1/4 miles north of Hartland Friends Church off E-29

MSP Entrance.JPGThe original 17-acre Marietta Sand Prairie site was purchased in June 1983 and dedicated as a State Preserve September 6, 1984. Funds for this purchase were made available through a generous donation from Janet Paterson.

 The 212-acre addition to the Marietta Sand Prairie was made possible by partnering with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation,  Pheasants Forever, REAP, Iowa Prairie Network, and donations from many others. 

Sand prairie is among the rarest of prairie types and comprises only a few hundred acres of Iowa’s 35 million acres. Moreover, it contains small fens, which are a rare, spring-fed type of wetland with saturated soil. Of the35 CHKGPR-1.jpg more than 200 plant species found in fens, about five percent are listed as threatened or endangered.

Activities and Features:

  • Wildlife and flora viewing
  • Hunting



No Motor Vehicles Allowed

Removing Plants is Prohibited

Map of Marietta Sand Prairie:

Marietta Sand Prairie Map

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